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- A guided tour of important places
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- Observation and participation in allowed activities
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- Tips to guide and driver
Manu National Park the name has acquired a legendary mystique among birdwatchers, naturalist and conservationist throughout the world, no other park on the planet protects so many species of birds, so many plants and animals, as this outstanding wilderness area, only 20 % of the entire Amazon has the rich floodplain soils that yield abundant rainforest fruits and support dense population of forest wildlife.
Types of Forest we do Birding
The Palm forest at Guadalupe Lodge
The Mauritia palm forest at Guadalupe Nature Reserve are an incredible contrast, only a 8 kilometers away from the Pilcopata town (30 minutes by car) this habitats offers a remarkable chance to experience an Amazonian flooded forest, the forest here have remained preserved from the drastic development of the surrounding areas and are now protected under an initiative of the local and private administration of Reserve Ecologica Guadalupe , The Aguajales (Mauritia palm forest) form a complex swamp habitat and permanently wet swampy areas. This complexity gives rise to high diversity of birds essentially psittacidos including the endangered blue headed macaw (pionus couloni) Blue and yellow Macaw, Red Bellied Macaw, Sulphury Flycatcher, Poin-tailed palm creeper which are found in the remoter and more extensive areas, the bird species recorded over this location can be found in Ebird as Reserva Ecologica Guadalupe
Foothill Colinas Forest
Just above the Guadalupe river there is a trail leading up along the hills with excellent possibilities for birdwatching , the forest its compound largely by big trees and the understory poorly populated , which assembles to the terra firme forest in the lowlands,
Birding on the higher part of the hills its quite interesting as usually takes an entire morning , it will give us a chances to admire the scenery , a lookout point is available along the route, the birds that have been regularly are ported along the trail are; the golden collared toucanet, masked tanager, fascinated antshrike , red billed pied tanager, ornate and pygmy antwren , rusty belted tapaculo, Semicollared puffbird , yellow backed , green and gold , paradise tanager, Pavonine cuckoo, among others, if you are lucky some raptor can be seen such as: harpy eagle, buckley’s and barred forest falcon. The bird species recorded over this location can be found in Ebird as Reserva Ecologica Guadalupe
Bamboo thickets in western Amazonia provide an important habitat for several bird species, some of which may be restricted to such thickets communities. The structure of bamboo stands is quite different from other habitats, bamboo thickets are densely packed with relatively thin-stemmed plants and have a thick sub canopy of similarly shaped leaves.
In a number of ways, bamboo provides a distinct habitat for birds its grows in dense, often monotypic stands, which is unusual in tropical plant. The use of bamboo habitats by these specialist bird species has yet to be quantified the species that can see there are: Rufuous Headed Woodpeckers, White Cheeked Tody-flycatcher, Peruvian Recurbill, Ornate Antrwen, Large Headed Flat Bill, Manu Antbird, Dot Winged Antwren, Dusky Cheecked Foliage Gleaner and others.
The Lagoon Patria
This is lagoon its ponds that is feed by creeks that emerges out of forest, during the rainy season its gets much higher and floods the forest and it’s been expanding along the years, the forest around composed by second growth vegetation , grassland and bamboo tickets that also holds some birds’ species including the endemic Black backed Tody- Flycatcher, we have report a great number of migrants and shores birds along the yeas, Black bellied whistling Duck, osprey, least grebe, yellow legs, white necked stilts, Semipalmated Plover this was also the locations for the earliest reports of Southern lapwing, Brazilian Teal .
The most common birds of the lagoon are, Hoatzin, Flycatchers, woodpeckers, herons kingfishers, Amazonian Antpitta, Silvered Antbird, little cuckoo, and Black Billed Seedfinch, nowadays this location holds a record around of 80 species in EBird.
A type of forest ecology most dominant along waterways in the southern Peru rainforest basin, common and pioneers species include; Cecropias, Tessaria, Generium Saggitatum, Ochroma pyramidale and some bamboo.
This is a distinct ecosystem which is also found on the higher elevation. The main species found here is the Balsa Tree These trees like a high volume of moisture and are able to tolerate flooding. They are distinguishable by their thick, gnarly bark and their larger, broad leaves. These leaves have a distinct drip tip. The trees supply homes for the many native species of fauna.
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Cusco - Guadalupe Lodge
This morning we travel along the Andes, our trip we will pass through dry habitats and this provides great chances to search for a couple of endemics; Bearded Mountaineer, Chestnut Breasted Mountain Finch and other interesting bird for the high Andean Mountains such as; Andean Flicker, Mountain Caracara, Andean Lapwing, Giant hummingbirds, Rufous Webbed Shrike-Tyrant, Ground Tyrants and others
We continue and passing by the Inter mountain valleys, we stop briefly for the Undulated and Rufous Antpitta, Rust and Yellow Tanager, Red Crested Cotinga, Creamy Crested Spinetail, Sword Billed Hummingbird, Brown Backed Chat-Tyrants, Flowerpiercers and Flycatchers.
Driving uphill we will reach the high mountains which is locally known as Puna, we will be searching diligently for Sedge Wren, Line Fronted and Junin Canastero, while descending the Acjanacu Pass (1066 feet) the vegetation is scattered and we will look for birds of this habitats such as; Chestnut Bellied, Hooded, Scarlet Bellied Mountain Tanager and the bird’s flocks that travel at this misty forest are quite productive also to find some specialists at this elevation, Crimson Mantled Woodpecker, Plushcap, White Banded & throated Tyrannulet, Pearled Treerunner, Puna Thistletail, Black Throated Tody-Tyrant, Sierran Eleania, Golden Collared, Grass Green, Blue Capped Tanagers, Band-tailed and Barred Fruiteater, Streaked Tuftedcheeck, Purple Backed Thornbill among others in the mixed flocks as they are more frequently to find them flying across the road.
Other interesting targets at Tuneles and Esperanza location are; Gray Breasted Mountain Toucan, Chestnut Crested Cotinga the Endemic Red and White Anpitta, while transecting along the Cloud Forest as we keep driving down into the mountain the vegetation will gradually have changed into a more dense vegetation it holds birds species like Golden Headed Quetzals, Stripe-faced Wood-quail, Yungas Pigmy Owl , Blue-Banded Toucanet, Collared Jay Mountain Cacique, Greater Scythebill,
At Much lower target bird would be the Cock of the rocks (Peru’s national bird) it more easy to find them while they are displaying at their lek, (the male birds are a vibrant reddish orange, and as many as several dozens get together for an exhibition of a mating ritual dance in a place called Lek)
After this fascinating experience we will searching diligently for more species that are still found at this high; Yungas Manakin, Versicolored Barbed, Orange Eared Tanager, Streak Necked Flycatcher, Andean Motmot among others.
If lucky enough we may see the umbrella as far driving down the mountains we will arrive to our lodge Guadalupe just on time to see the nightjars these elusive birds used to catch insect during dusk, the road it’s by far the best place to see them.
We will wake up with the amazing variety of birds call that emerges out from the forest , the diversity of call its incredible here, the most frequently heard are specialist from bamboo forest , Mustached and Scaly Breasted Wren , Golden Bellied and Buff Rumped Warbler, Warbling Antbird, Dot Winged Antwren, Bluish Fronted Jacamar, Manu , Striated, White Line Antbird, Stripe Chested Antwren among others calls you heard coming just behind your cabins, we also heard the calls of the Blue and Yellow Macaws over flying at dawn.
As we should maximize our time, we start looking for birds just after sunrise so we will be exploring part of the palm forest to look for psittacidos, Blue Headed, Chestnut Fronted Macaw, Blue Headed , Yellow Crowned Parrots are commonly observed around the Palm Forest, the riverine forest also offers a great spot to look for the Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Sunbittern, Black Phoebe, Torrent Tyrannulet and others.
Our target species on this morning will be to spot an incredible bird, one bird that have mastered in camouflage, the Great Potoo , we usually spot 2 different individuals in the vicinity of the lodge another target is the Endemic Black Backed Tody Flycatcher which commonly heard along the road as well as the Rusty Fronted Tody Tyrant.
After Midday we will ultimate our birding experience here, exploring the bamboo forest interior that holds a unique collection of birds, our expert guides will do their best to shows us the jewel of the dense bamboo thickets " White Checked Tody-flycatcher" the birding at the bamboo Forest Patch its quite Interesting for cool and challenging birds such as; Red Billed Scythebill, Bamboo Antshrike, Ornate, White Eyed and Dot Winged Antwren, Peruvian Recurbill, Dusky Cheeked, Ruddy , Buff Throated Foliage Gleaner, Large Headed Flatbill, Manu and Black Antbird, the Unmistakable Rufous Headed Woodpecker, Yellow Billed Nunbird.
the another complex forest type to explore would be the foothill forest that is quite good to spot the Golden Collared Toucanet, Fasciated Antshrike, Red Billed Pied, Masked, Green & Gold, Yellow Bellied, Yellow Crested, Yellow Backed Tanagers all used to be spotted while flocking up and few other unexpected Forest Falcons and large predators such as Harpy Eagle.
The understory at this type of forest that hold incredible species like; Rusty Belted Tapaculo, Black Faced Antbird, Golden Bellied Warbler.
Guadalupe Lodge - Cusco
Our dining room at Guadalupe Lodge its privileged located which provides wide view of the garden and the bamboo forest, while having breakfast we get views of the hummingbirds flying around the heliconias and berbenacea flowers ; Golden Tailed Sapphire, Blue tailed Emerald, Rufous Breasted, White Bearded and White Browed Hermit , Gray Breasted Sabrewing, Buff Tailed Sicklebill, Rufous Crested Coquette, Golden Tailed Sapphire,
While return to Cusco we pass by an swamp that is packed by Hoatzins known as pre-historic birds due its appearance, most of the bird sights here are also ; Brazilian Teals, Southern Lapwings, Flycatchers, Amazon, Green Kingfishers, Little, Lineated and Spot Breasted Woodpeckers, Gray Breasted and Rufous Sided Crake, Capped Heron, Little Cuckoo, Silvered Antbird, Amazonian Antpitta and many more.
As we should be continuing with our journey we have to leave behind the tropical forest and weather and we will start climbing the Andes and arriving to Cusco at night.
More about Manu National Park
More about this tour
Peru is one of the worlds mega diverse countries and exciting destinations for the visitors interested in wildlife, archeology and living heritage, in fact Manu park its supporting large number of species of birds and wide range of different habitats, this diverse makes it a country of contrast for the visitors, whom can experience the world most diverse tropical rainforest, high mountain and grasslands to mention some of the main habitats that this trips reveals.
Facts Cock of the Rock;
The cock of the rock (rupicola peruviana) is one the most spectacular and well known birds in Peru. it inhabits the lower montane forest bellow 2,000 m altitude. This large orange frugivorous can often be seen feed on fruiting trees but its most impressive when seen at a LEK , here the males gather at the traditional LEK sites in the early morning to display , they squeal loudly and dance , bending their heads forwards and raising their wings.
The duller females visit the Leks to select a male who after mating plays no further part in the nesting or feeding of the young.
Hummingbirds are the jewels of the bird world , small , brightly coloured winged jewels , hummingbirds are confined to the Americas and in total there are some 328 species , making them one of the most diverse birds families , peru support a staggering 127 species (39 % of all the hummingbirds) of which some occurs in the Manu National Park , hummingbirds occurs in all the habitats of the region from the high montane forest to the flooded forest and can even found in the towns and agricultural areas.
Hummingbirds are the most accomplished precision flyers of the birds able to hover , fly backwards , they are unique in generating lift on both the upstroke and down stroke of the wings , which typically beat 10 – 80 times a second but can beat up to 200 times a second in display flies , they can also fly extremely rapidly with speeds of up to 150 km per hour being recorded , such an active life means they have high metabolism demands and their hearts beats 500 – 600 times per minute at rest and over 1,000 times a minutes when fighting , their lifestyle means that they must feed regularly while active and they tend to be active throughout the day , they feed mainly on nectar from flowers but also take small arthropods to supplement their sugar diet . hummingbird’s bills show a great variety of shapes and sizes reflecting the great diversity of plant species that they feed on.
The tanagers are on the most colorful and distinctive group of birds of the world. The occurs only in the new world tropics with the highest diversity of species occurring in the forest of the southern Andes , Manu Park holds an extraordinary number of them. These fruit eating are often seen in mixed flocks moving through the forest canopy as a colorful procession.
Provided at the lodge
|Experience has taught us that Wellies are by far the most appropriate footwear for your time in the Jungle. You'll hopefully have noticed we asked for your shoes size on the application form; this is so we can buy you some new ones in Cusco ready for your departure so you don't have to lug them with you. However, please be aware that is difficult to get Wellington boots over European size 43 so if that's you please ensure you bring some with you.|
|Flip flops||Useful for use in the bathrooms and for walking around the lodges.|
shirts and a light sweatshirt
|You should bring a mix of short and long sleeved to protect your arms from mosquito bites|
|Underwear||Cotton is recommended rather than nylon.|
|Socks||These should be long and made from breathable wool to ensure optimum comfort inside your boots.|
at Least 40 % DEET
|Trousers & shorts||It’s important to be wearing long bottoms for protection from bugs and sun. We recommend full cut khaki bottoms or khaki type pants that can be zipped into shorts. Lighter|
|Even in the dry season the rain can be heavy so it's good to come prepared!|
|Flashlights||For night activities such as night walks , Caiman Search and for using when the power from the lodges runs off.|